Since October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there are more than a few organizations spreading the word. In addition to general information about breast cancer, such as causes, treatments, and the different stages, there is the emotional and mental impact that affects not only those suffering but their loved ones.
With breast cancer awareness as his inspiration, Tijuana Boxing promoter Guillermo “Memo” Mayen hopes to do his part by presenting a one of a kind boxing event this coming Thursday, October 25th, at Las Pulgas nightclub on Avenida Revolucion in downtown Tijuana. His entire boxing show will be comprised of women including his ring announcer, fight doctor, referees, time keepers, judges, corner women and other assorted staff while led by honorary boxing commissioner and current WBA super bantamweight champion Jackie “The Aztec Princess” Nava.
In the Main Event of “Se Viste de Rosa” translation, “They wore pink,” they have two undefeated ladies battling it out for the vacant NABF flyweight title when Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico’s Joselyn “La Princesa” Arroyo (10-0, 3 KOs) faces Yadira Trejo (3-0) of Tlalnepantla, Mexico City, Mexico in a 10 rounder.
Also featured on the card is veteran light flyweight Jolene Blackshear (5-3, 2 KOs) from San Diego going up against Lili Barajas (3-0, 3 KOs) of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Blackshear is returning to the sport after a three year layoff. She began to box professionally in 1996 and rose quickly to the IFBA Flyweight world title. In 2009, she made a comeback after a nine-year layoff with Kalina Fernandez as her trainer and manager and working out of the Old School Boxing.
In her first comeback fight on May 7, 2009, she defeated Melissa McMorrow after dropping her three times in the 2nd round.
Four months after graduating with Honors from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, she was in South Korea fighting Dan Bi Kim for the IFBA International Female Boxers Association minimum weight title.
The three Korean judges proved to be a bit bias and getting the raw deal, Blackshear gave up boxing for a second time.
And now she’s back. Will the third time be the charm?
Jolene is now training with Jose Cital at Cital Boxing & Nutrition in San Diego, who offered the following comments, “She had the experience, all we did was get her to show us a lot more movement. In preparing for this fight, she dropped two sparring partners.”
Then from the 858 Fight Shop on Miramar Road in San Diego comes Muay Thai warrior Kealani Vanderleest to face Sandra Robles of Tijuana, B. C., Mexico. Both young ladies will be making their pro-boxing debuts.
As an Amateur for six plus years, Robles was a Golden Gloves and Baja California State champion and has competed in over 50 bouts. Vanderleest’s last fight was a four round WCK Muaythai Women’s International Super Bantamweight title bout against Lena “Hunter” Ovchynnikova (8-2-0), from Lviv, Ukraine.
Two more debutants are Brenda Flores, making her debut in front of the hometown backers, facing Paloma Lopez of Obregon, Sonora, Mexico.
The very popular, Tijuana high school senior, Kenia “Jaguarcita” Enriquez (2-0, 1 KO) is making her third appearance at Las Pulgas where she’s a crowd favorite. In her last bout, she won an unanimous decision over Angelica “Maravilla” Dominguez. In that fight she suffered a nasty cut under her left eye. Cut or no cut, Enriquez showed her toughness and finished strong.
On Thursday night, Enriguez will face Carol Castro of Obregon, Sonora, Mexico.
Dominguez of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, returns to town, to face another undefeated fighter in Abigail Castañeda (3-0-2) of Torrance, California who is trained by the well known trainer Jesse Ochoa at the Boxing 2000 Gym in Garden Grove, CA.
The multitalented Castañeda is a singer, boxer and now actor. Ochoa and Castañeda had cameo roles in One candle, one man, a movie that is scheduled to premier on November 4, 2012.
In the seventh and final match, they have Mayra Manzo of El Monte, CA making her pro debut against Silvia “Dinamita” Zuniga of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico a veteran of 14 fights. When you look over her record (4-10, 1 KO), it shows Zuniga has been the victim of some dynamite punches. She’s been knocked out four times and thus far, she’s yet to beat anyone with a winning record.
Manzo has been training for three years under the tutelage of trainer Ben Lira at the Teamster’s Boxing Club in El Monte, CA. She recently fought Lisa Porter a top amateur with over 30 fights. The two went the distance with both receiving a standing eight count. Manzo’s record as an amateur is (5-1).
The El Monte gym has a history of sponsoring road trips for their amateur boxers, among them a trip to Nicaragua, to Philadelphia and another to Coachella to compete in their Desert Showdown.
On Tuesday evening at the Hanger 27 nightclub of Tijuana, many of these same ladies doubled as runway models for a local fashion show which was part of the planned festivities with all proceeds of that event going to the Adelante Foundation which is helping to fight breast cancer.
Missing from the above group photos are Silvia Zuniga, Lili Barajas, Yadira Rejo, Kealani Vanderleest and Jolene Blackshear who will not arrive in Tijuana until Wednesday for the official weigh-ins.